Detroit Free Press: How to snack smart on Super Bowl Sunday

by Charles Platkin, PhD

SNACK SMARTER: Pigging out and watching the Super Bowl may be an American pastime, but doing so in an unhealthy way isn’t a good idea. Did you know, for example, that just six wings dipped in ranch from Buffalo Wild Wings rack up a grand total of 1,330 calories — more than half the recommended daily intake? According to Charles Platkin of Hunter College’s City University of New York School of Public Health, you would need to do the wave 6,480 times to burn off that many calories. So if you want to save yourself the hassle of all that waving, stick to homemade foods that are baked, not fried, and sugar-free beverages; always pick the low-fat and low-calorie options. After all, you don’t want to end up looking like an offensive lineman.

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